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CAPEC-296: ICMP Information Request

ICMP Information Request
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Attack Pattern ID: 296
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

An attacker sends an ICMP Information Request to a host to determine if it will respond to this deprecated mechanism. ICMP Information Requests are a deprecated message type that no has any use. Information Requests were originally used for diskless machines to automatically obtain their network configuration, but this message type has been superseded by more robust protocol implementations like DHCP.

+ Target Attack Surface

Target Attack Surface Description

Targeted OSI Layers: Network Layer

Target Attack Surface Localities


Target Attack Surface Types: Network Host

+ Attack Prerequisites
  • The ability to send an ICMP Type 15 Information Request and receive an ICMP Type 16 Information Reply in response.

+ Typical Severity


+ Resources Required

The ability to send custom ICMP queries. This can be accomplished via the use of various scanners or utilities.

+ Attack Motivation-Consequences
ScopeTechnical ImpactNote
"Varies by context"
+ References
[R.296.1] [REF-20] Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray and George Kurtz. "Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions". Chapter 2: Scanning, pp. 44-51. 6th Edition. McGraw Hill. 2009.
[R.296.2] [REF-23] J. Postel. "RFC792 - Internet Control Messaging Protocol". Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). September 1981. <http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc792.html>.
[R.296.3] [REF-24] R. Braden, Ed.. "RFC1122 - Requirements for Internet Hosts - Communication Layers". October 1989. <http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc1122.html>.
[R.296.4] [REF-28] Mark Wolfgang. "Host Discovery with Nmap". November 2002. <http://nmap.org/docs/discovery.pdf>.
[R.296.5] [REF-22] Gordon "Fyodor" Lyon. "Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning". Section 3.7.2 ICMP Probe Selection, pg. 70. 3rd "Zero Day" Edition,. Insecure.com LLC, ISBN: 978-0-9799587-1-7. 2008.
+ Content History
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2014-06-23Internal_CAPEC_Team

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